. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Knicks Win Despite Jordan Heroics

NEW YORK -- Imagine what he would have done if he had been healthy.


Bad back and all, Michael Jordan scored 46 points Saturday -- 10 in the last 2:21 of regulation as the Chicago Bulls stormed from behind -- but his supporting cast is in another of its funks so even that wasn't enough.


The New York Knicks, reviled after two fourth-quarter collapses, blew a 13-point lead late in this one but rallied in overtime to win, 102-99.


The Bulls, 5-1 in postseason play and up 2-1 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, are nonetheless looking vulnerable after their 72-win season.


Scottie Pippen, who played hurt chasing 70 wins, started this game shooting 31 percent in the series.


Saturday he went 10 for 29. With Toni Kukoc out because of a bad back, that left it up to you-know-whom.


Jordan had 11 points in the first quarter -- outscoring the rest of his teammates put together by five. At that moment in the series, he had 83 and they had 106.


The Knicks jumped into what looked like a commanding lead, 82-69, with 5:30 left in regulation.


But, as the Bulls like to say, Jordan happens. In the last 2:21, he scored 10 points, including two three-pointers, with each shot harder than the last.


With the Bulls down, 88-83 and 1:17 left, he hit a three. With 45 seconds left, he faked a Knick off his feet, jumped inside him, twisted his body in the air to square up and hit a 13-footer.


With 19 seconds left and Derek Harper, a crack defensive guard, on him and aware that he needed a three-point basket, Jordan line-drived in a 25-footer to tie it.


Patrick Ewing scored six overtime points in a row and blocked a Jordan layup. With the Bulls down, 98-97, Charles Oakley, a former Bull and Jordan's good friend, tipped the ball away from Jordan.


At game's end, needing a three-pointer to tie, Jordan was double-teamed and passed to Pippen. Pippen's shot clattered off, his 19th miss.


With 2.6 seconds left, Jackson set up a difficult cross-court lob to Jordan, who couldn't handle it cleanly and had to try a half-court hook shot. In a surprise, he missed.


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